Fighting tiredness

Have you ever felt tired, absolutely bone weary? I am sure you have because we all feel tired from time to time. Usually, we know why we are tired. Then we take time off, rest and then off we are, back to work or school! But for some, tiredness can be a more serious problem. It may go on for a long time or can be so bad that the affected person is unable to do anything at all. Tiredness can stop us from enjoying and getting on with our lives.
Tiredness is different from prolonged fatigue. One in every five feel unusually tired, and one in ten have prolonged fatigue. Women feel tired more than men, and it can be a problem at any age, but is least common in the very young. If you want to work out how you became tired in the first place, it can be helpful to think about a) the things in your life that made you more likely to get tired ; b) the things in your life that triggered your tiredness; c) the things in your life that are keeping you tired.
These can be physical or psychological, or more usually both at the same time. The physical reasons for tiredness could be a) being overweight or underweight. If you are overweight, your body has to work harder just to do everyday things. If you are too thin, you may not have enough strength in your muscles to do everyday things without becoming tired; b) any serious illness can make you tired, especially painful ones. Some less serious illnesses, like glandular fever, can leave you feeling worn out; c) being unfit. If you feel tired, you do not do as much as you normally would. If you cut down the amount you do, your body becomes unfit. We know that just one week of resting in bed reduces your muscle strength by ten percent. The more unfit you get, the more tired you will be when you try and do something.
The psychological reasons for tiredness could be one or many: worries and stress, insomnia, depression, everyday difficulties, emotional shock, expecting too much of yourself, work stress….
There are some specific ways to fight tiredness. Sleep well regularly. It is also essential to handle the weight issues and get some exercise. Stop use of stimulants like tea and coffee at least for a three week period. It also helps to plan your schedule for the day and week so that you are not rushed at any moment. Look after the intake of proteins and foods rich in Vitamin B and iron.
And the long-term solution to the tiredness problem is to learn from it! Ask yourself were you demanding too much of yourself before you got tired or was there sufficient balance between work and play? The answers lie in these questions.
Have some energy giving foods!

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor
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